Babymoons! A New Travel Trend Is Born

This babymoon includes three nights in one of the inn's oversized bedrooms featuring cozy four-poster beds and fireplaces. Mom gets a jar of pickles when she checks in, dad gets a cigar and cognac. If that doesn't seem quite fair, mom also gets a cuddly teddy bear along with a baby backpack full of information about infant care.

The spoiling continues with mom getting extra pillows to make sure she sleeps in style along with ice cream and a slice of the inn's famous coconut cake. Also on the agenda, a list of movies you can watch in your room, massages for mom and dad and a guided carriage ride through historic Charleston. For more: www.relaischateaux.com.

Reynold's Plantation -- Near Atlanta


There's nothing like good old-fashioned Southern hospitality to get you ready for a new baby. The Ritz-Carlton Lodge at the Reynolds Plantation, 75 miles east of Atlanta, is offering expectant parents the peaceful "Lake Moons, Baby Swoons" package that includes a lakeside room, private dinner for two with "virgin-tini" cocktails, a maternity massage for mom and a round of golf for dad ( mom, you can golf too, if you want). You'll also get a butler-drawn bath and breakfast in bed. One of the other fun babymoon touches includes a peanut butter and pickles turndown service to help chase any last-minute cravings away. For more: www.ritzcarlton.com.

The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, Near Florida


The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, off the coast of Florida. Photo courtesy The Ritz-Carlton

Here's an islands escape you can take without leaving the United States. For a splurge, the award-winning Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, just off the coast of Northeast Florida, is offering a spectacular babymoon package that includes a two-night stay in an oceanfront suite.

To spice things up a bit, you'll have a romantic three-course dinner for two served by candlelight on a private balcony. To help ease any stress or pre-baby jitters this package includes a couple's massage where mom gets a soothing prenatal treatment and dad gets all the kinks worked out in a sports massage.

This exclusive property is known for catering to your every need, so it's no surprise that for the babymoon package there's a 24-hour "Cravings chef" on hand with a special "Late-Night Craving Menu." If that's not enough, there's also a fabulous gift, a baby Bulgari bath set filled with luxurious products that are just perfect for a newborn's delicate skin. For more: www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.

Before you sign up for any babymoon, be sure to check with your doctor first to make sure you're at a place in your pregnancy were it's safe to travel. Then you're good to go!

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